Where did national team players play youth soccer?

As part of the research for the Ranting Soccer Dad Guide to Youth Soccer, I’ve looked up where every current men’s or women’s national team player or recent call-up played youth soccer.

I started at Wikipedia but then verified every mention of past clubs (not complete, but all accurate!) using college and U.S. Soccer bios among other information. In some cases, I found more clubs on the bios and added them to the list.

Enjoy, and feel free to suggest anyone or any club that should be added.


Danilo Acosta: Real Salt Lake AZ

Julie Ertz: Sereno SC, Arizona Arsenal (formerly Gilbert SC)

Justen Glad: Real Salt Lake AZ

Ashley Hatch: Legends FC (Calif.)

Brooks Lennon: Real Salt Lake AZ

Sydney Leroux: Sereno SC



Abby Dahlkemper: MVLA Avalanche

Tierna Davidson: De Anza Force

Lynden Gooch: Santa Cruz Breakers

Nick Lima: De Anza Force, San Jose Earthquakes

Megan Rapinoe: Elk Grove United

Lynn Williams: East Fresno Fusion, CVSA, Bullard Valley FC

Chris Wondolowski: Diablo Valley SC, Mustang


(Historical: Nomads had Steve Cherundolo, Marcelo Balboa, Eric Wynalda, Paul Caligiuri, Frankie Hejduk, Shannon MacMillan, Jovan Kirovski)

Paul Arriola: LA Galaxy, Arsenal FC

Steve Birnbaum: Pateadores, Irvine Strikers

Joe Corona: Nomads

Marky Delgado: Chivas USA, Cosmos West, LAFC Chelsea, ISES Strikers, Arsenal FC

Benny Feilhaber: Irvine Strikers

Ashley Hatch: Legends FC (commuted from Arizona)

Hailie Mace: Eagles SC

Alex Morgan: Cypress Elite, AYSO

Michael Orozco: Irvine Strikers

Chris Pontius: Irvine Strikers

Christen Press: Slammers FC

Christian Ramirez: San Diego Surf, Pateadores, Irvine Strikers

Cristian Roldan: Union Independiente FC (also national high school player of the year)

Amy Rodriguez: Laguna Hills Eclipse, West Coast SC

Brandon Vincent: Real So Cal, Strikers FC, South Coast Bayern

Jorge Villafana: Chivas USA (joined after winning reality show)

Bobby Wood: Irvine Strikers (moved from Hawaii; then moved to Germany at age 14)

Gyasi Zardes: LA Galaxy

McCall Zerboni: SoCal Blues



Jaelene Hinkle: Real Colorado

Lindsey Horan: Colorado Rush

Ethan Horvath: Real Colorado

Jaelin Howell: Real Colorado

Matt Polster: Colorado Rapids (anywhere in Nevada before that?)

Mallory Pugh: Real Colorado

Sophia Smith: Real Colorado



Alyssa Naeher: South Central Premier, Yankee United



Bill Hamid: D.C. United, Premier AC (his father’s club — disclaimer: Ranting Soccer Dad’s son also has played for Premier AC)

Ian Harkes: D.C. United

Ali Krieger: Prince William

Midge Purce: Freestate, SAC, Bethesda, Potomac

C.J. Sapong: Prince William

Andi Sullivan: Bethesda, McLean



Jozy Altidore: Schulz Academy, Boca Raton Soccer Club

Alejandro Bedoya: Weston Fury

Morgan Brian: Ponte Vedra Storm (lived in Georgia and commuted)

Ashlyn Harris: Indialantic Force, Seminole Ice, South Brevard United, Palm Bay Rangers

Dax McCarty: Central Florida United

Graham Zusi: FC America (now GPS Orlando)



Joe Bendik: Cobb FC/SSA

Morgan Brian: Ponte Vedra Storm (Florida)

Jane Campbell: Concorde Fire, North Atlanta Soccer Academy

Sean Johnson: Atlanta Fire

Kekuta Manneh: Georgia Rush (joined Rush organization in Gambia; later moved to Texas)


Shaq Moore: Smyrna Stealth, Cobb FC (before going to Dallas and Bradenton)

Kelley O’Hara: Concorde Fire, AFC Lightning, Peachtree City Lazers

Emily Sonnett: North Atlanta Soccer Academy

Walker Zimmerman: Gwinnett Soccer Association



Bobby Wood: Powder Edge FC (moved to California at age 12)



Sofia Huerta: FC Nova



Michael Bradley: Chicago Sockers

Brad Guzan: Chicago Magic

Eric Lichaj: Chicago Magic

Andrija Novakovich: Chicago Magic

Megan Oyster: Windy City Pride

Casey Short: Chicago Magic

Jonathan Spector: Chicago Sockers, Schwaben FC



Matt Hedges: Indy Burn



Geoff Cameron: Bayside United

Sam Mewis: Scorpions SC



Marlon Hairston: Central Jackson Soccer



Matt Besler: KCFC Alliance

Adrianna Franch: KC Comets

Erik Palmer-Brown: Sporting KC, KC United, KC Inter, Lee Summit Soccer Academy


Tim Ream: Scott Gallagher

Josh Sargent: Scott Gallagher

Becky Sauerbrunn: JB Marine



Matt Polster: Colorado Rapids (anywhere in Nevada before that?)


NEW JERSEY (split between Philly and NY?)

Carli Lloyd: Medford Strikers



Tyler Adams: Red Bulls

Juan Agudelo: Red Bulls, PASCO, NJSA

Russell Canouse: Red Bulls (after PA Classics)

Crystal Dunn: Albertson SC, RVC

Tobin Heath: PDA (NJ)

Tim Howard: Central Jersey Cosmos

Allie Long: Albertson SC, Northport Cow Harbor Mustangs

Matt Miazga: Red Bulls

Tommy McNamara: FC Westchester

Tim Parker: (where?)

Timothy Weah: Red Bulls (moved to PSG in teens), BW Gottschee, Rosedale Soccer Club (also in Florida with West Pines United at early age)


Alex Bono: Empire United



Ike Opara: Triangle FC


OHIO NORTH (Akron, Findlay, Canton, Cleveland)

Justin Morrow: CSA

Darlington Nagbe: Cleveland Internationals

OHIO SOUTH (Columbus, Cincinnati)

Rose Lavelle: Cincinnati United Premier, Sycamore United

Wil Trapp: Columbus Crew



Rubio Rubin: Westside Timbers, Westside Metros



Russell Canouse: PA Classics (then Red Bulls)

Christian Pulisic: PA Classics

Zach Steffen: FC Delco, West Chester United


Meghan Klingenberg: Penns Forest FC



Savannah McCaskill: Carolina Elite SC


TEXAS NORTH (Dallas, Waco, Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, Southlake, Odessa)

Kellyn Acosta: FC Dallas

Clint Dempsey: Dallas Texans

Greg Garza: Dallas Texans (in between stints in other countries)

Jesse Gonzalez: FC Dallas, CD Independiente

Omar Gonzalez: Dallas Texans

Weston McKennie: FC Dallas

Shaq Moore: FC Dallas (briefly; see Georgia)

Abby Smith: Dallas Texans

Taylor Smith: Solar Chelsea

Chioma Ubogagu: D’Feeters

TEXAS SOUTH (Houston, El Paso, Austin, San Antonio)

Kekuta Manneh: Lonestar SC (Austin), Texas Rush (Houston; before that, Georgia Rush)




Kealia Ohai: Utah Avalanche



Jordan Morris: Seattle Sounders, Eastside FC

Kelyn Rowe: Crossfire Premier

DeAndre Yedlin: Seattle Sounders, Crossfire Premier, Northwest Nationals, Emerald City FC, Shorelake Soccer Club

4 thoughts on “Where did national team players play youth soccer?

  1. Christian Pulisic played for Michigan Rush while Mark was coaching the Detroit Ignition (just a couple years).


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